Prospectus of The Society of Residents along the New Route of Chubu-Odan autoway at theSouthern Foot of Mt .Yatsugatake
Society of Residents along the NewRoute of Chubu-Odan Expressway at the SouthernFoot of Yatsugatake Mountain
The southern foot of Yatsugatake Mountains in Yamanashi prefecture, Japan is a worldrenowned area of outstanding natural beauty under threat！
In November 2012, a project to construct a new expressway, crossing the beautifulYatsugatake Mountains, was unveiled by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport andTourism.
The new route of the expressway is planned to commence near Nagasaka Interchange andrun through Nishiide inOizumi-machi , Murayama Kitawari in Takane-cho, and kaiganji inSutama-cho,towards Kiyosato.The route crosses the southern foot of the YatsugatakeMountains.People who live in this area have made desperate efforts to protect the beautifulYatsugatake Mountains,because such a construction project would be devastating.
The survey which the ministry carried out among residents shows that more than 50percent of them want theNational Route 141 to be expanded and properly maintained.Nevertheless, the ministry still set the route to cross the southern foot of the YatsugatakeMountains.
Many residents in Hokuto City opposed construction of this original southern foot route, asa result, the ministry gave a smallrevision and prepared a new route.However, it still coversthe southern foot and destroys the YatsugatakeMountains.
We who live here at the southern foot cannot allow this reckless act and vigorously opposethe plan.We will protect the natural environment ofthe Yatsugatake and never allow it be aplace full of noise and pollution.
In addition, we strongly support the request to improve the National Route 141 in order toimprove accessibility to the region, and we call upon the decision making to be done in arespectful, democratic and participatory manner
We would greatly appreciate your support and participation in our campaign.